The LP website has a Daily Poll.
In October, a question was published:
and the response seems to have been lively (900 votes is a lot for an LP poll).
Then, coincident with a Dec. 17 essay by Andrew Davis talking about the ‘necessary and proper’ role of government (which I have disputed as being contra to the LP’s Platform, and which is under protest* and review** right now), another similar poll question was published:
But, after garnering at least 1200 votes (which I believe is a record for the LP Poll), and possibly over 2,000 votes, the poll was removed. Fortunately, the ever-vigilant Starchild grabbed a screenshot.
Why did the poll disappear? Technical glitch? Embarrassment?
A few days earlier, in connection with another project, I had asked Andrew Davis what the purpose of the Poll was. He replied:
User interaction on the Web site, which increases Web traffic. Seldom it is to determine (unscientifically) to gauge what type of demographic is visiting.
The poll certainly seems to have been a smashing success at the first objective, so it’s a shame it has disappeared. Perhaps it will be restored when the glitch is brought to Davis’ attention. Folks can always email Andrew Davis and inquire.
*My objection to the essay, sent to several LNC members, Chair Redpath, AD Robert Kraus, and Andrew Davis, was:
Robert and members of the LNC,
Andrew Davis’ latest blog posting:
takes the platform phrase “The only proper role of government in the economic realm is to protect property rights…” and makes of it the sentence “Government has a necessary and proper role in our society to protect property rights…”.
The word *necessary* does *not* appear in the LP platform for a good reason, and Andrew’s adding it and then using it to draw the conclusion that “[Libertarians] do believe government has a function in the economy” is a grave error. ‘Necessary’ and ‘proper’ are two entirely different concepts, and a staff member does not need to be rewriting the platform for the members of the LP. I assume this is a simple logical error on Andrew’s part, and combined with his evident personal belief that government *is* necessary, led him to this mistake. Now that it has been brought to your – and his – attention, I look forward to its speedy correction or removal from the LP’s website.
I do formally request that the posting be corrected or removed quickly as it is misleading to the public, and offensive to those of us in the LP who believe that the free market can easily – if allowed – outperform government in this most vital function (property rights protection) as it can in all others. As a body, the delegates in Denver recognized in the Platform that if government does indeed have any role, the only one proper to it is rights protection, but we carefully avoided saying that government is *necessary*. It is a shame that such careful consideration for both the small-government position and the no-state position within the LP can be so easily overwritten by a staff member.
** The reponse to my objection has so far been:
From Mary Ruwart:
I forwarded your comments to the APRC [Advertising and Publications Review Committee] and recommended your changes.
and from Bill Redpath:
I will give your comments consideration as soon as I can, and I would think by this weekend. For now, I think blog posting should remain as is. Thank you.